WHO IS REMI?
I am a born and raised South Dakotan, a combat veteran, Mnicoujou Lakota of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, a husband and a father. Over my lifetime, I have served the people of South Dakota and the Nation in various capacities.
I currently serve as the Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. I am also a member of the South Dakota Democratic Party Native Caucus. In addition, I serve as the Native Outreach Grassroots Advocate and Spokesperson for South Dakotans 4 Health.
22 Year Army Veteran
South Dakota Native
Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator - Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
I was born in Eagle Butte, South Dakota on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, and I grew up in Cherry Creek before moving to Takini, South Dakota. It was not until I was a senior in high school that my family got indoor plumbing and electricity. I know just how important having affordable utilities is to South Dakota families.
I joined the United States Army right after high school and served with the Army Engineer Regiment for over a span of 22 years. During my military service, I was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a Combat Engineer, and I served in South Korea as well. At times, I was called upon to assist with in-person deliberations between tribal leaders in Iraq and Afghanistan. This broadened my world view and allowed me the ability to see things from diverse perspectives. My military career shaped me into a proven leader and set me on my lifelong path of service and dedication.
While in college, I worked as a field supervisor managing numerous environmental disaster clean ups, which often included cleaning up oil spills on both land and water. During this time I supervised the clean-up of transformer and electrical yards to mitigate polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) oils that can contaminate the environment. I know, first hand, just how devastating oil spills can impact the land, water, and environment.
Currently, I serve the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe as the Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator. In this position, I act as the liaison between Federal, State and Tribal governments. This role has allowed me a greater understanding of government and tribal relations and to be an advocate for resolving complicated and technical issues.
My strong support of U.S. veterans runs deep, and I serve as Vice-Commander of Legion Post 308 in Eagle Butte. I am also Life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
On several occasions, I have served as a guest speaker on energy challenges, environmental protection, socioeconomic issues impacting South Dakota and government advocacy.
Furthermore, I have always had a strong interest in establishing clean, reliable, and sustainable energy systems that would maximize South Dakota resources and benefit all South Dakotans.
In 2020, I ran as the Democratic candidate for South Dakota Public Utilities Commission because I believe that government should represent all the people of South Dakota -- having an indigenous voice is needed at all levels of government. Too often the government makes decisions that affects rural areas, families and Tribal Nations- our diversity makes us stronger, and having a diverse voice is vital to connecting with all South Dakotans. The seven generations ahead must inherit a clean and safe South Dakota and world.
I served this nation and my people with dedication, honor, and integrity. It is my wish to continue serving all South Dakotans and these United States.
Last and most importantly, my family, my wife and daughter, are my greatest treasures and I’m grateful for their presence in my life.
Pilamaye elo! Thank you!